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30 Jan 2022

Department of General and Environmental Microbiology

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Address: 7624 Pécs, Ifjúság str.6. Mailing address: 7604. Pécs Pf. 266.

Head of department: Dr. Csaba Fekete, associate professor

Brief history of the Department:
The teaching of microbiology and the creation of the conditions for the research started in 1993 on the initiative of Dr. József Hámori, Rector of Janus Pannonius University and Dr. Attila Borhidi, Dean of TTK. The professional work was initially carried out within the Department of Botany (1993-1996) and then within the Department of Genetics and Microbiology (1996-2000). The accreditation of the PhD program was realized in 1997 under the leadership of Dr. Miklós Pesti, a university professor. Today's Department of General and Environmental Microbiology was also established in 2001 under the leadership of Professor.

Education in traditional training:
The staff of the department teaches theoretical and practical courses in microbiology, environmental microbiology, biotechnology, general and environmental toxicology, basic knowledge of biological laboratories, and knowledge of the literature.
Subjects in BSc, MSc:
Microbiology, functional genomics, mycology, applied microbial technologies, environmental microbiology, molecular basis of microbial interactions, toxicology, oxidative stress physiology, biological measurement methods, literature knowledge.
Subjects advertised in correspondence BSc, MSc:
Microbiology, functional genomics, mycology, toxicology, oxidative stress physiology, basic laboratory knowledge.
Optional special courses:
Stress processes in yeasts. Molecular background of fungal-plant interaction.
PhD courses:
Introduction to microbial genetics. Fundamentals of literature and scientific communication. Real-time PCR applications.

Basic research:

Investigation of the mechanism of action of heavy metals polluting heavy metals, especially chromium compounds.
Investigation of stress processes in unicellular microfungi (Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Phaffia rhodozyma, Candida glabrata).
Investigation of morpho- and pathogenesis processes in Candida species.
Mechanism of action and detoxification of mycotoxins.
The role of lipids in stress processes.
Molecular regulation of host-parasite dialogue.

Applied research:

Characterization of cytostatic-producing bacterial species (Biogal Pharmaceuticals, closed topic 1996).
Microbiological processes of composting (BIOKOM Kft, closed topic 2002).
Application of salt-tolerant (halophilic) bacteria in the composting of wood ash and lime sludge (Pannon Hőerőmű Zrt., Pécsi Vízmű Zrt., Closed topic 2007).
Genetic study of Primycin-producing microorganisms and elucidation of the mechanism of action of the antibiotic by state-of-the-art methods (Pannonpharma Kft. 2008).
Molecular marking to aid in the breeding of high alkaloid poppy cultivars (Institute for Herbal Research).
Biocontrol organizations in integrated pest management (SZTE).